I didn’t feel that our East Coast run for 2015 would be complete without a trip to NYC. Having been raised in upstate New York, Terry had never visited the city and had no desire to. But I cajoled him into going, and I think it was worthwhile, although he promptly professed that he never wanted to go there again. So alas, if I want to experience more of NYC than just the six hours that our tour guide afforded us I will need to go without him.
We have a few days to kill between monthly stays, so we stopped for three days at Gulf Coast RV Resort in Beaumont, Texas. It’s a very nice RV park with concrete and grass, large pull-throughs, easy access from I-10 and a special stay two nights, get the third night free deal. And they offer a free breakfast in the morning, which is a feature that I have never seen before. Verizon and AT&T seem to work well.
We got to our not-so-deserted island today where we will stay for two months at Marina Beach RV Park in Port Aransas, Texas. We stayed here back in 2011 and enjoyed it so much that we had to come back. Our RV park is right across the street from the harbor, so we can walk there as often as we want to see the wildlife (both fish and human).
Residency is something that all full-time RV’ers have to wrangle with. The government and financial institutions really have a problem with people who don’t want to call anywhere home, so you are going to have to decide on something.
Most legal experts will advise you to choose just one state to be your ‘home’ and make sure that everything is tied to that state: driver’s license, vehicle registration, income tax, schools for the kids, doctors, and of course, your mail. Trust me when I say that this is extremely difficult and more complicated than you can imagine.
Some people become full-time RV’ers out of sheer necessity through a loss of their home, a job that requires or allows movement around the country, or for temporary housing due to natural disasters. But most of us make a conscious choice to become permanently ‘homeless,’ and a great deal of thought and preparation goes into the decision.
If you are toying with the idea of joining us on the road in your RV, here are some things that you should think about first.